Inago: let’s snack on Japanese extra protein!

But, But, But…. What are these things?!? It is a dish called Inago no Tsukudani (稲子佃煮) and yesssss the main ingredient is: GRASSHOPPERS! The little guys have been previously boiled in soy sauce and sugar before being fried. In the region  Kanto, Tohoku and Chubun regions, especially in Nagano and Yamagata prefecture (and probably many other places!),…

Eating Japan’s cutest cucurbitaceae, or, gourd :)

  Gourd is very old plant and have always been depicted in Japanese art, literature and religion, conducting spiritual and mystical significance. I had no idea until today what a wide subject gourds are. Who would have thought gourds could be so captivating and refreshing? Find out more about the topic on this super informative blog from Jerry Vegde with lots of anecdotes and…

Shirako (or fish sperm), I tried it so you don’t have too!

Last February, I visited Hokkaido and couldn’t wait to taste Shirako 白子… so you don’t have to 😉 What is Shirako? First clue: it goes on roe… Second clue: 白子 literally means white children. Got it? It is… cod milt (or fish semen)! In Japan it is considered as a delicacy. Apparently trying shirako is a big…

Japanese… Kiri, Kiri, Kiriiiiiiiii !!!

No, not harakiri, just Kiri.  ;p Kiri is one of Bel Group’ s main brand (Bel is a French multinational marketer). It is very famous for its processed square portions cheese: What is surprising about this brand is how they conquered the Japanese market. They not just sell your typical Kiri cheese portions but some …. very quirky versions of…